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  1. Painting continues. I spent about two hours today with black colour. I used mix of Vallejo black and grey primers in fact to paint black parts and prime exhausts for further painting into gun metal. 


    I know it's a bit hard to see black parts on black painted masking tape :)


    I think I'll make some dedicated posts on each airplane over this week. 

  2. 38 minutes ago, ivand said:

    And the wings (Heller in green). The position of the dogtooth is close to the Airfix one, as opposed to the Heller (which has the superfluous cutouts for the lights).

    Is Heller or Airfix so off? And second question - how is the KP molding quality? Any softness of smaller details?

    I've not been looking really to this kit having seen unsuccessful L-159. But looks like this one is not so bad at all. 

  3. Hi All,


    As festivities are over, I'm getting back to the workbench.

    Firstly, I completed all the outstanding bits of jet trainers and gave an extra white primer cover to everything that is going to be white. 

    Look at these marvels:


    I actually cut the front wheel molded together with the strut to give way for the resin replacement. This required a new wheel axe. All this photoetch is supplied in the Eduard fret and worked finely. 


    Second action - I cut, sanded and preassembled some of the propeller trainers' interiors and minor exterior bits.


    And already primed all that too. 


    So next step is painting everything.


    Best regards,


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  4. 21 hours ago, John Masters said:

    what was the inside of the wheels wells and undercarriage painted?  Interior green or was it NMF?

    From my knowledge interior green was applied on early wwii RAF fighters to proper cockpit only. Even the behind the seat zone was not green. 

    Secondly, the aircraft with painted bottom side had to have all visible parts in lower side colours. Spitfire's undercarriage bays are visible so should be black/white, sky, etc. In your case I guess this is silver so nmf or silver is what I would have chosen. 


    Kind regards,


  5. One more great point about the SH kit is the instruction. 


    Cutaway cockpit views, clear attachment guides for undercarriage, wiring instruction!!! That's all you do not see very often. In fact that is what I call 21st century approach. 

    Another thing I liked is optional propeller attachment. You can just glue it in, or you may make it rotating. Smart approach and even more - rotating airscrew on such small short run kit is a rare choice. Very nice!


    Best regards,


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  6. Ciao ragazzi!

    The last of the four trainers unpacked yesterday. 


    The recent Special Hobby kit of a tiny SIAI-Marchetti trainer turboprop. Classical side opening česka krabice, glued better than AZ one :) Inside you get 4 (!) sprues and a separate sprue with canopy. Of the four sprues one is with armament for the Irish version and one more is with variety of antennae. Also you get a decal sheet. No aftermarcket goodies so a pure OOB project this time. 


    Let's have a closer look:


    The B sprue is very crisply molded with abundance of small details. Instrument panels will be decorated with a decal so would look very comprehensive. 



    Small sprues are also very crisp. Canopy is reasonably thin and does not distort too noticeably. 

    Sprue A is on contrary a bit different. Much softer plastic, not at all very good details. On the lower wing some panel lines are completely lost!


     As you can see I already chopped main parts off and started dryfitting. The result is good. Fuselage content is very tightly packed. Cockpit floor has recesses for gear bays - and that actually perfectly fit! I also tried forward and rear cockpit walls and looks like they squeeze at place sharply. 9 out of 10 here to Special Hobby (10 only goes to Tamiya). 



    Decal sheet is nice too. Colours are spot on. Some stencils are provided too. Seat belt decals are about 1:48 but perhaps I'll still use it. 


    That's it so far. 




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  7. 8 minutes ago, Big Dave S said:

    This one is a side opener.

    I cut it open and taped the ends closed.

    They are a nuisance, I agree.

    Especially strange for a Voodoo size kit!!!


    Let me get you couple advise from my memory. 


    Take attention on intakes assembly. There is a splitter plate that should divide the intake flow from top to bottom but revell did it shorter. I thought it's very visible and added some plastic to close the gaps. 


    Also if you like to make a rotating rocket pod - that should be done with care and dryfitting. The interior "cylinder" does not really match anything. 


    And lastly you may like to decorate main wheel bays with some sidewall structures and wiring. Sidewalls were very useful for me to strengthen the wing. 


    Otherwise should be a pretty enjoyable and quick project despite the size. 




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  8. Okay. Last weekend I started priming assorted interior and some exterior parts for both Cougar and Buckeye. 




    Quite a huge number of bits isn't it?

    I'm not yet fully ready with all of the Buckeye parts as I'm still working on undercarriage legs adding photoetches there. 


    Some more close ups:



    More to come as I plan to add another white primer layer on those parts that would be painted white.


    Kind regards,


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  9. Thanks all for even more likes :)

    12 hours ago, Spitfire31 said:

    I agree about your J 21R comment, but my heart beats strongly for the Saab (current spelling) fpl (short for 'flygplan', airplane) 29 Tunnan.


    Tunnan is definitely a very good looking bird. Still in my view Kelly Johnson did the best job to hide barrel-looking engine into a very streamlined fuselage (T-bird is the prettiest of the trio P-80/T-33/F-94). And another successful attempt is MiG-15/17 although none of these are yet in my collection. 


    12 hours ago, John Masters said:

    I am very impressed by ClearProp kits and have a couple on the tarmac,


    Yes, I was impressed either. Cockpit parts look as if they are cast from resin. I do not know how they did it. But that is clearly incredible. Moreover the subject choice is fantastic either. Helicopters, Vietnam war birds. Very nice. 


    1 hour ago, JWM said:

    That is a very nice model and the whole collection looks marvelous :)

    Regards and have a Merry Christmas too


    I'm extremely far from you in terms of quantity but over time I think several themes started to build up such as early jet aviation, trainer aircraft, a decent RAF collection. 

    Anyway many thanks for appreciation and wesołych świąt to you!

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  10. Thanks all for likes and nice comments!!!

    16 hours ago, Vultures1 said:

    That's a lovely build of an important aircraft, and some really useful points on the Clear Prop kit.

    Let me know if some more hints are needed :) the kit is good but requires care!

    15 hours ago, Back in the Saddle said:

    collection of centrifugal engine powered jets

    Yeah - I do like this era of het aviation. Couple more are on workbench now including Vampire mk.I and a twin-stick Cougar (is that the last design with such engine???) And I have a MiG-15UTI in stash. What I impatiently wait is some better toolings of Venom, Attacker, Sea Hawk, MiG-17, P-59, Ouragan and Mystere IV. And maybe I should buy a Yak-23 kit as this is a very weirdly looking VK-1 powered jet!

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  11. Yesterday I started decal job on the Vampire. Decals are Cartograph printed so the quality is good as probably expected, however decals are a little too thick to my taste. While with Clear Prop decals a tiny drop of Mark Softer diluted with water was enough to remove any silvering - here I was using pure mark softer and in generous volume and still see that the result is not 100% yet. 


    Couple other problems:

    - sky bands on booms are either too short or instruction gives the wrong place (judging from real photoes maybe that's the case). Anyway I will have to probably use letter codes from another RAF option to seal the gaps. 

    - I really don't like the recent fashion of using dark red-brown instead of insignia red for the roundels. I kinda understand brownish tint, but I really dislike darkness of the colour. The same dark shade is adopted by Eduard, Special Hobby and I think I saw it with other Czech firms. Just look at the real pictures above. Red should be visibly lighter than blue but with the Special Hobby decals they are basically similar. 


    Okay. Decal job to be continued. 




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